Intimidated by Bible Study? Ya, Me Too.
Is it weird to say the studying the Bible used to scare me?
I was intimated and overwhelmed. And dafe I say - even bored sometimes.
Have you ever experienced that when trying to get into the word?
I guess I was afraid I wouldn't understand, or wouldn't do it right. It's a Holy book after all. Does that sound silly? Or can you relate?
And in not knowing where or how to start, I would mindlessly read through the text, uninspired and a little bore truthfully.
But I was determined to break through this fear.
I knew that living a victorious life involved planting the word in my heart. So here's a few things I did (and still do) to conquer this fear:
1. I changed my mindset.
I stopped viewing this Bible as this untouchable doctrine and started to view it as a love letter and conversation between me and God. A conversation to teach me how to live, to encourage my heart, to reveal God and to root my identity in Christ.
2. I used a Bible translation that worked for me.
I grew up on the King James version, and while I still routinely use it in my bible study, it's not the only translation I used. I have found using a more modern English translation has helped me overcome my fear of not understanding the text. When I stopped having to put energy into understanding the language I was able to devote more energy to experiencing the living word.
3. I used Bible Study resources.
I didn't have to do this on my own. I could leverage the tools and resources others have created to help guide me through God's word. I use a variety of Bible Study guides, historical contexts and sermon series to help me walk through my studies. It has been a game changer in helping me get intentional, dive deeper and be amazed at God's incredible word!
If you are looking for a Bible Study tool to help you, check out the Women in the Word Bible Study Guide I just launched! It's the perfect companion to discovering some amazing women of the Bible.